Results, recap, and video highlights from the black belts at the 2024 IBJJF Worlds

Check out the results and video highlights from the adult black belt divisions at the 2024 IBJJF Worlds, which took place over the weekend.

The dust has settled on another edition of the IBJJF Worlds, the most prestigious gi jiu-jitsu tournament in the sport. Black belts competed on Saturday and Sunday with plenty of notable results.

View the full event results from every division at the 2024 IBJJF Worlds here.

Art of Jiu-Jitsu stars suffer upsets

Perhaps more than any other Worlds in recent memory, the 2024 Worlds were marked by a number of big upsets. Some of the most significant upsets came against the otherwise dominant Art of Jiu-Jitsu athletes.

Tainan Dalpra‘s quest for his third world title was cut short in the quarterfinals of the middleweight division when he suffered a stunning disqualification loss to Checkmat’s Francisco Lo. The DQ came in a somewhat controversial fashion, as Dalpra was called for illegally torquing his opponent’s knee from the underhook De La Riva position. Lo would go on to earn silver in the division.

In the roosterweight division, Thalison Soares fell to Andrew Soares in his first match of the tournament, putting an end to his bid for his first IBJJF grand slam. Thalison came into the event riding a massive wave of momentum, having captured gold at the 2024 IBJJF Pans, Euros, and Brasileiros.

Finally, in the featherweight division, 19-year-old phenom Cole Abate made his much-anticipated black belt Worlds debut, but made a surprising first-round exit, falling to Leonardo Vilela.

Diego ‘Pato’ Oliveira and Mica Galvao shine

It wasn’t all bad for the famed Art of Jiu-Jitsu squad, as light-featherweight Diego “Pato” Oliveira earned his third world title to further cement himself as the top pound-for-pound competitor in jiu-jitsu, gi or no-gi. The current IBJJF no-gi world champion as well as a two-division Who’s Number One champion, “Pato” has proven himself to be at the top of the food chain in both modalities and looks to be the most technical and dangerous competitor in BJJ today.

Also, young prodigy Mica Galvao completed his first IBJJF grand slam, taking home gold in the lightweight division. The Melqui Galvao product looked in top form all weekend and capped his run with a victory over familiar foe Andy Murasaki in the final. Like “Pato,” Galvao is a real threat in both gi and no-gi competition, and his incredible run through the IBJJF gi season further establishes him as one of jiu-jitsu’s top pound-for-pound athletes.

Gabi Pessanha and Andressa Cintra extend reigns of dominance

On the women’s side, top competitors Gabi Pessanha and Andressa Cintra both continued their dominant streaks.

Super-heavyweight athlete Pessanha further solidified herself as one of the most dominant grapplers ever seen in BJJ, as she picked up her third consecutive double-gold grand slam. Now riding a winning streak that dates back to 2021, Pessanha is in desperate need of competition, but at this point, she looks to be head and shoulders above the vast majority of her opponents. She capped her 2024 Worlds run with a lightning-fast ankle lock finish in the absolute final against frequent foe Yara Soares.

Also, in the middleweight division, Gracie Barra’s Cintra earned her fifth straight Worlds gold, adding to her impressive trophy case that also includes a pair of no-gi world titles. With her well-rounded skill set and knack for finding the submission, Cintra is undeniably one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound grapplers.

Breakout performances from Meyram Maquine and Adam Wardzinski

Naturally, the event also saw plenty of breakout performances. Two of the most notable belong to Meyram Maquine and Adam Wardzinski.

While featherweight standout Maquine was already a 2022 world champion, he truly made his mark at the 2024 Worlds, employing an entertaining, relentless style of guard passing and submission hunting to take home gold in arguably the tournament’s most stacked division. What’s more, the Brazilian made it to the podium in the absolute division with a run that included a victory over the always-dangerous heavyweight competitor Roberto Jimenez.

Also, Polish star Adam Wardzinski became the first male European black belt world champion with an epic run through the heavyweight division. Wardzinski submitted all four of his opponents, utilizing his trademark butterfly guard and pressure passing game to great success.

2024 IBJJF Worlds black belt results

Women’s divisions

Rooster:

  • 1st Mayssa Bastos
  • 2nd Jhenifer Aquino
  • 3rd Mariana Cabral Rolszt
  • 3rd Ana Carolina de Andrade Lima Soares da Silva

Light feather

  • 1st Thamires Diogenes de Aquino
  • 2nd Amanda Monteiro Canuto
  • 3rd Jessica Caroline Coelho Dantas
  • 3rd Emily Rosalynn Nicholson

Feather

  • 1st Nathalie “Tata” Ribeiro
  • 2nd Ana Rodrigues
  • 3rd Margot Ciccarelli
  • 3rd Larissa Campos

Light

  • 1st Luiza Monteiro
  • 2nd Brianna Ste-Marie
  • 3rd Stephanie Caroline Delphine Faure
  • 3rd Jaine da Silva Fragoso

Middle

  • 1st Andressa Cintra
  • 2nd Larissa Martins
  • 3rd Indridd Alves de Sousa
  • 3rd Rebeca Ferreira de Lima

Medium heavy

  • 1st Thamara Ferreira
  • 2nd Maria Carolina Baron Vicentini
  • 3rd Amy Campo
  • 3rd Salla Mari Simola

Heavy

  • 1st Tamiris Fernanda da Silva
  • 2nd Amanda Magda
  • 3rd Melissa Stricker
  • 3rd Larissa Dias de Almeida

Super heavy

  • 1st Gabi Pessanha
  • 2nd Yara Soares
  • 3rd Mayara Monteiro Custodio
  • 3rd Maryanna Santos Cardoso

Absolute

  • 1st Gabi Pessanha
  • 2nd Yara Soares
  • 3rd Maria Malyjasiak
  • 3rd Amy Campo

Men’s divisions

Rooster

  • 1st Carlos “Bebeto” Oliveira
  • 2nd Zayed Alkatheeri
  • 3rd Andrew Soares
  • 3rd Rodnei Barbosa

Light feather

  • 1st Diego “Pato” Oliveira
  • 2nd Jonas Andrade
  • 3rd Keven Carrasco
  • 3rd Matheus Rodrigues de Lima

Feather

  • 1st Meyram Maquine
  • 2nd Ademir Barreto
  • 3rd Alexssandro Sodre
  • 3rd Diego Sodre

Light

  • 1st Mica Galvao
  • 2nd Andy Murasaki
  • 3rd Pedro Henrique Maia Costa
  • 3rd Luiz Paulo

Middle

  • 1st Jackson Nagai
  • 2nd Francisco Lo
  • 3rd Yan Lucas Cordeiro Paiva
  • 3rd Jhonathan Marques Pessanha

Medium heavy

  • 1st Gustavo Batista
  • 2nd Jansen Gomes
  • 3rd Isaque Bahiense
  • 3rd Ronaldo Junior

Heavy

  • 1st Adam Wardzinksi
  • 2nd Vinicius Liberati
  • 3rd Rider Zuchi
  • 3rd Paulo Merlin

Super heavy

  • 1st Anderson Munis
  • 2nd Erich Munis
  • 3rd Marcelo Gomide Oliveira
  • 3rd Harryson Santana Pereira

Ultra heavy

  • 1st Yatan Bueno
  • 2nd Pedro Alex dos Santos Pimenta
  • 3rd Guilherme Augusto Soares Santos
  • 3rd Seif-Eddine Houmine

Absolute

  • 1st Erich Munis
  • 2nd Jansen Gomes
  • 3rd Marcus “Scooby” Ribeiro
  • 3rd Meyram Maquine

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